Totally forgot to mention this here, so hopefully you’ve seen it elsewhere. But Phoenix-based (OK, Peoria … whatever) duo the Format is offering its 2006 album Dog Problems as a free download. All of it. Liner notes, cover art and everything.
You have until July 10 to take advantage. Get it here. You can download songs individually or grab the whole thing in zip format.
(Cheap plug): Here’s a story I wrote about it for my 9-to-5, with a pretty good quote from the band’s manager: “We don’t know if this is a briliant idea or a stupid idea.”
I say, good for them. The guys own all the rights to their material so they basically can do what they want with it. If this helps bring exposure, then they should be setting a good example for other musicians (or labels) to follow.
The Format kicks off a two-month tour in Phoenix with two shows (July 13 and 14) at Orpheum Theatre. (Info., tickets.) Comedian Mike Birbiglia, Limbeck, Steel Train and Reubens Accomplice, one of my local favorites, open.
And if you already bought Dog Problems, well, um … sorry?